Something that was evident during the inaugural speech by President Barack Obamaon Tuesday. Everyone was listening to what he had to say.

With millions of people crowding into our nation’s capitol to catch a glimpse of this historic proceeding, they stood in silence as the 44th president delivered his first address.

Obama’s words were historic for such a moment in time.

“Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.,” Obama said.

We do face “gathering clouds and raging storms” and our nation looks for leadership to guide us through.

He acknowledged the crisis we face and warned our nation’s enemies they should be prepared for strength not weakness.

“We will not apologize for our way of life nor will we waver in its defense. And for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that, ‘Our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken. You cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.’ For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness,” he said as a signal to terrorists and renegade dictators.

Obama’s ability to craft words is part of his appeal. He is an award winning author and orator. The American people listened intently on what our new leader had to say not because of who he is or what he has accomplished, but with hopeful expectations.

By taking the oath of office he leads America into a new era, where the color of your skin should not matter, only the conduct of your character. Obama’s character was revealed in his words on Inauguration Day.

“As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages,” he said.

“We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service: a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves.

“And yet, at this moment, a moment that will define a generation, it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.”

Obama calls every citizen to a “new era of responsibility” that will require shuttling petty bickering and a measure of self sacrifice to meet the challenges of the coming years.

As he concluded he said “let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.”

We listened attentively to powerful words on Tuesday, now we await for them to be translated into actions.